Animal Genetics

Scholarship Entrant: Rebekah from Greenville, South Carolina
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Rebekah: 77

I love animals and science, especially genetics. My dream job would be to work with animals and try and use genetics and inherited traits to improve species overall. Just look how the pork industry used genetics to create a leaner meat in just a few years. Through the manipulation of genetics, we can create cows that produce more milk, chickens that lay more eggs, animals that live longer and healthier lives. That’s what I want to devote the rest of my life to. I want to manipulate the genetics of animals to produce the best food products we can without a lot of artificial chemicals and drugs. To achieve my dream, the first step is college. Right now I’m working hard to earn a degree in Animal and Veterinary Medicine at Clemson University, and I’m going to begin work on a minor in Genetics. By learning all I can in these two fields, I’ll be able to understand the genetics of animals and begin work to improve them. I hope to one day work on seed stock as part of a farm to determine which animals should be bred together to create the best product overall. If I can learn to do this well enough, it won’t be hard to expand it to a larger scale. Maybe one day my research will be able to increase food production and animal health worldwide. Even if it doesn’t, at least I’ll be following my dreams and doing what I love.

Vote for Rebekah: 77

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